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US News'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker

11:00  12 july  2019
11:00  12 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Crew of super tanker seized by Royal Marines being questioned

Crew of super tanker seized by Royal Marines being questioned Crew of super tanker seized by Royal Marines being questioned

Iran has demanded the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: " This is a dangerous game and The UK government said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz

Iran ’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that Iran is calling on Britain to release its oil tanker immediately. " This is a dangerous game On July 4, the UK Marines and Gibraltar authorities seized the supertanker for allegedly transporting oil to Syria. According to Chief Minister of Gibraltar

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker © Sky News Screen Grab The Iranian oil tanker was suspected of carrying oil to Syria Iran has demanded the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences."

It comes as tensions mount in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian supertanker - the Grace 1 - was seized last week after it was suspected of taking crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

Calling for its release, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry told the state news agency IRNA: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences.

"The legal pretexts for the capture are not valid... the release of the tanker is in all countries' interest."

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria. He said he had a "constructive call" with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who he said assured him that Tehran "is not seeking to escalate" tensions between the countries. "I reassured him our concern was destination not origin of the oil on Grace One," a tanker seized off the coast of the tiny British territory of Gibraltar on July 4, Hunt tweeted.

The UK ’s seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar and the faltering nuclear deal appear to be "The proper response to the UK 's impudence is a counter-response, not Iran claims that in this picture released by Iran state TV, their surface-to-air missile is seen as it shoots down a

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the United Kingdom will have to realise and understand the consequences for seizing an Iranian oil According to reports, the British Royal Marines seized an Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar on Thursday, on suspicion that it was taking oil to Syria

Related: 'We have run down the navy too much': Hunt pledges more firepower as Gulf tensions soar

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker © Getty

The UK government said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by HMS Montrose.

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker © Sky News Screen Grab The UK says three Iranian boats tried to stop a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied claims of a confrontation, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have executed them immediately.

Sky News understands British ships have been warned to keep alert for Iranian patrol boats "being aggressive towards them".

Iran 'may have seized' oil tanker that went off radar at weekend

Iran 'may have seized' oil tanker that went off radar at weekend Iran may have seized a small oil tanker travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after its tracker stopped transmitting its location, a US official has said. © Reuters An oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz: File pic The Panama-flagged Riah was in Iranian territorial waters near Qeshm Island, which is home to a Revolutionary Guard base, the defence official told the Associated Press (AP) news agency. © Sky News Screen Grab The tanker was travelling through the Strait of Hormuz "We certainly have suspicions that it was taken," the official said.

Iran has demanded the immediate release of the oil tanker , while an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has threatened to seize a British ship in retaliation. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran ’s foreign minister, said the UK ’s action had set “ a dangerous precedent and must end now”.

The UK ’s shipping looks vulnerable since it seized a tanker after a US request. The UK has not rejected this plan, but seems to be nervous that the US, with a different political agenda towards Iran , should Former leader of Revolutionary Guard says impounded Iranian oil tanker must be released .

Some 15 to 30 British-flagged tankers and other large ships are in the Persian Gulf on a daily basis. Between one and three pass through the Strait of Hormuz every 24 hours.

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'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he will add more warships to Britain's fleet if he wins the Tory leadership race and becomes prime minister.

He has vowed to increase defence spending from 2% of GDP to 2.5%, a cost of around £12bn more a year in 2023, and more jets for the navy's new aircraft carriers could be included.

"When you look at this week's events it shows that in recent decades we have run down the navy too much," he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

Police in Gibraltar have arrested the captain of the Grace 1 and the chief officer of the vessel.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has previously warned the UK of "consequences" after the seizing of its oil tanker.

Meanwhile, the US is pushing allies to increase their maritime security in the region, safeguarding strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

Relations between the US and Iran have fractured since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of a nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions.

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